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senate Bill S. 264

The Free Speech Fairness Act

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      senate Committees
      Committee on Finance
    IntroducedFebruary 1st, 2017

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Title

The Free Speech Fairness Act

Official Title

A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow charitable organizations to make statements relating to political campaigns if such statements are made in ordinary course of carrying out its tax exempt purpose.

Summary

Free Speech Fairness Act This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to permit a tax-exempt organization to make certain statements related to a political campaign without losing its tax-exempt status. An organization may not lose its tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) or be deemed to have participated in, or intervened in any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office, solely because of the content of any statement that: (1) is made in the ordinary course of the organization's regular and customary activities in carrying out its exempt purpose, and (2) results in the organization incurring not more than de minimis incremental expenses.
    Religious institutions have been unjustly and unconstitutionally muzzled through IRS intimidation and the false notion that being non-taxable equals being subsidized. This should never have been allowed, and it is high time that this abuse of power and infringement on free speech and freedom of religion is corrected.
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    The nonprofit sector provides our social safety net. It is only able to do so because of its independence from the private and public sectors. This amendments allowed toxic partisanship to permeate and compromise our nonprofit missions.
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